Multicultural Business Scholars Program

The Multicultural Business Scholars Program (MBSP) is a scholarship and mentoring program that creates opportunities for underrepresented students in business to excel academically, professionally and personally. With a series of intentional interactions for scholars to engage in throughout their time at KU, this program allows students to access tools that will support academic success and lead them to an engaging business career of their choice.

Program benefits include faculty and peer mentorship, tutoring and academic support services, individual and group meetings, and other social programming. A program agreement will be shared with each scholar and will be signed and returned to program staff at the start of the academic year.

Students are expected to:

  • Maintain a Business major
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Be in attendance to all program-sponsored events


MBSP is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent resident undergraduate students who fall into one or more of the following groups:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (Black / African American, Native Hawaiian / Asian Pacific Islander, American Indian / Alaskan Native, Latinx / Hispanic)
  • First-generation college students (meaning that neither of your parents earned a college degree)
  • High financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility (as indicated from your FAFSA submission to the University)

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please write an essay that addresses the following: (1) Describe how being a member of one or more historically underrepresented groups has influenced who you are and helped shape your life goals. (2) Tell us about your interest in studying business in college and/or pursuing a career in business. Why do you want to major in business? (3) How do you believe involvement in the Multicultural Business Scholars Program could assist you in pursuing your career and life goals?

    Essay should be two-pages, single-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and PDF format.
  2. Incoming freshmen: please upload your high school transcript.
    Transfer students: please upload a transcript from each academic institution you have attended. Combine into 1 PDF file.
    Current students: please upload an advising report in a PDF format.